Could Albany’s Central Avenue be the Next Hempstead Turnpike?
“Toll: 8 dead, 300 Injured”
That was the headline of a Times Union article last week about pedestrians being struck by vehicles on Central Avenue, a 15.4-mile road that runs through Albany and Colonie. The article has stirred a whirl of debate about how to fix one of the [...]
Eyes on the Street: Bike Share Takes Manhattan
Citi Bike's first Manhattan installation, at Fulton Street and Cliff Street in the Financial District. Photo: CitibikeNYC/Twitter Citi Bike station installations began in Bed Stuy about ten days ago, working west through Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn. Now, with about 60 stations installed, bike-share has crossed the East River, the Citi Bike Twitter feed informs us that [...]
Safety Comes in Segments for Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue
Since 2009, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s 4th Avenue Task Force, has been working to make 4th Avenue in Brooklyn safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. NYCDOT has split the avenue into three segments – [...]
Eyes on the Street: Bike Corrals Protect Ninth Avenue Bike Lane
A new bike corral on 9th Avenue, between 39th and 40th Streets. Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr. Bike parking corrals adjacent to a protected bike lane — a first for New York City, and perhaps the nation — have been installed along Ninth Avenue in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Check out these pics from Clarence, snapped on [...]
Women’s (Bike) History: Ellen Fletcher
Even at age 83, even suffering from lung cancer, Ellen Fletcher rode her bike to City Hall for a hearing on bicycle improvements this past summer. That was the level of dedication that made Fletcher not just a local hero, but a national inspiration. As a Gold level Bicycle Friendly Community, Palo Alto remains a [...]
Bringing the Joy of Cycling to Brooklyn Schools
Few encounters are more memorable than those between children and new bikes. The magic was on full view at Wednesday’s launch of the CYCLE Kids program in Brooklyn at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. Throughout the morning, students handled bicycle tools, spun wheels, peppering volunteers with [...]
Potential Economic Impact a Driver for Rail-Trail Expansion in New Hampshire
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is, pardon the pun, blazing the trail when it comes to evaluating and promoting the economic impact that rail-trails can have on the communities they connect to.
When it comes to making the case for continued investment in trails, nothing is as persuasive as the hard evidence that destination trails bring trail users who bring dollars and cents to small communities, many of which are often struggling for sustainable commercial markets.
RTC's Manager of Trail Development in the Northeast, Carl Knoch, is a pioneer in the field of trail user surveys and capturing information about spending and visitation patterns. In the late 1990s, his research on trails in York County, Pennsylvania, helped make the case for investments in the region's trail network, and he continues this critical work with similar studies of spending and user data on trails throughout the Northeast.
Now, as the residents and businesses of Laconia, New Hampshire, seek to further develop the Winnisquam, Opechee and Winnipesaukee (WOW) Trail, they have tapped into the experience of Knoch and RTC to generate crucial local and regional support.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia, Knoch will present 'Capturing the Economic Potential of Rail Trails,' to WOW organizers, the Laconia Main Street Initiative and interested locals.
The WOW Trail is a developing trail that runs within an active railroad corridor in scenic central New Hampshire. Today, only 1.3 miles of trail are open for public use. However additional development phases are planned to eventually bring the trail to nine miles in length, connecting it with an existing trail in nearby Belmont and greatly expanding the trail's utility and appeal.
For more information about RTC's promotion of trail development in the Northeast, visit: www.railstotrails.org
Bicycling Means Business: How Cycling Enriches People and Cities
If bicyclists want to convince policymakers of the benefits of cycling, they need to stop talking about cycling. That was one major lesson of this year’s National Bike Summit, thanks to some strategic research done by a friendly consultant. So the Summit’s theme was “Bicycling Means Business” – and the economic impacts of a healthy [...]